F&W Free Preview All You Coastal Living Cooking Light Food and Wine tab Health myRecipes Southern Living Sunset
My F&W
quick save (...)
Shops

One-Stop Shopping for Organic Wines and Cool Houseplants

One-Stop Shopping for Organic Wines and Cool Houseplants

Vines Bar & Garden, Los Angeles Photo © Dylan & Jeni

Bar & Garden, Los Angeles
barandgarden.com

"We want to remind people about the fact that booze—specifically wine and hard liquor—is a farm product, an agricultural product," says Marissa Mandel, a landscape designer who opened this Culver City wine, spirits and plant store a year ago with her partner, Lauren Johnson. Odds are that you'll see staghorn ferns and Lambruscos displayed right next to each other on the reclaimed wooden shelves.

Bar & Garden only sells wines made with grapes that are farmed without herbicides and pesticides, like organically grown Domaine de Brin from southwest France, and spirits made without artificial colors and flavors. Oyster and lobster baskets serve as wine storage, and the extraordinary tasting bar is made from a slab of the rare Bastogne walnut tree, a hybrid of California Claro and English walnut.

The two owners host cocktail classes in the store, teaching how to sub small-batch spirits for mainstream ones in cocktails, like Miracle Mile Forbidden bitters instead of Angostura or Tempus Fugit Gran Classico instead of Campari in a negroni. They also team up with a local mixologist to offer courses in creating your own amaro, vermouth and shrub from widely available California backyard ingredients, like black walnuts and pink peppercorns.

Related: Los Angeles Travel
New Food Multiplexes
Best In-Store Restaurants

You Might Also Like powered by sheknows

Comments

Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    advertisement
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    American Express Publishing ("AEP") may use your email address to send you account updates and offers that may interest you. To learn more about the ways we may use your email address and about your privacy choices, read the AEP Privacy Statement.
    How we use your email address
    advertisement
    Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.